- location Hebrew College
160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre. MA 02459
- cost $10
- organizer Hebrew College
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Hebrew College’s summer program Ani Kinor: Prayer Leader Summer Institute will kick-off this year with a new Two-Day Intensive on June 3-4, 2019. Join us for a special concert open to the community on the evening of June 3 called “A Joyful Concert for Body and Soul,” featuring Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer, Rab`14, with guest instrumentalists Dr. Hankus Netsky and Cantor Becky Khitrik, Can`14.
Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer serves as Rabbi and Chazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco, CA. Previously, she served for 4 years as a rabbi of Romemu in New York City. She was ordained by Hebrew College Rabbinical School, and strives to build community through prayerful music, and music through prayerful community. At Hebrew College and in Jerusalem, Jessica studied Sacred Jewish music with rabbis and paytanim from Sephardic and Ashkenazi traditions, and performed as a vocalist with ensembles in New York, Boston, and Jerusalem. Before ordination, Jessica worked for Encounter in Jerusalem, Temple Beth Zion and Temple Ahavat Achim in Massachusetts, and Havurat Tel Aviv in…Tel Aviv. After graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies, Jessica pursued graduate theater training in London, and appeared in many film, theater, and television projects in Europe and the United States: most notably, as a principal role in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist.
Hankus Netsky is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist, and current chair of New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department and founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, an internationally renowned Yiddish music ensemble. He has composed extensively for film, theater, and television, collaborated closely with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Robin Williams, Joel Grey, and Theodore Bikel and produced numerous recordings, including ten by the Klezmer Conservatory Band. He collaborated with Robert Brustein on two musicals, “Shlemiel the First.” produced by the American Repertory Theatre and “The King of Second Avenue,” produced in 2015 by the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown. He is musical director, producer and arranger for “Eternal Echoes,” Itzhak Perlman’s much-acclaimed collaboration featuring cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot (including a CD released on Sony Masterworks) and “In the Fiddler’s House,” Perlman’s klezmer touring and recording project (with two recordings on EMI). Netsky received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from New England Conservatory in composition and his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University.
Cantor Becky Khitrik received her ordination from Hebrew College in 2014. Originally from Washington, D.C., she holds a bachelor of the arts degree in music and religious studies from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN), a certificate of study from the Zoltán Kodály Institute (Kesckemét, Hungary), and a master’s degree of the arts in religion from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (New Haven, CT). Cantor Khitrik is the assistant cantor and choir director at Temple Sinai (Sharon, MA) and the education coordinator at Temple Beth Zion (Brookline, MA). Cantor Khitrik also enjoys an active performance career as a klezmer clarinetist. She has developed several models for Jewish services based around the use of traditional nusach—prescribed melodies and modes for Jewish services—and klezmer music.